All hell broke loose between the Israelis and the Arabs in the West Bank/Gaza Strip on Saturday. Below is the chronological LIVE coverage that was published during the events.
For several days, arson balloons and flaming kites have been causing blazing fires in summer-scorched Israel.The Israeli Defense Force has taken steps to slow those attacks, to little effect.
Yesterday, Rockets were launched out of Gaza into Israel on such a scale that 16 Israeli towns were under Air Raid Sirens. The IDF sent fighter jets to attack the rocket launch sites and they did.
Today, HAMAS is ordering a "Full Mobilization" in order to attack Israel.
As of 11:51 AM eastern US time on Saturday, July 14, rockets and mortars are being fired into Israel on a large scale.
This story will be updated LIVE throughout today, so please check back (BELOW) for further information.
HEAVY ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES IN HEAVILY URBAN AREAS OF CENTRAL GAZA CITY; NUMBER OF BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN HIT.
REPORTS : A CAR WITH PEOPLE WAS BOMBED IN CENTRAL #GAZA
MASSIVE ROCKET ATTACKS TOWARDS ISRAELI COMMUNITIES OM THE GAZA BORDER
Ashkelon is under rocket fire now. This is a clear sign of escalation. The rockets are now going farther.
Hamas rocket attacks into Israel prompting multiple Red Alert sirens & text alerts to Israeli citizens.
3 CIVILIANS INJURED AFTER ROCKET HITS BUILDING IN THE ISRAEL CITY OF SDEROT
Situation in Gaza spinning out of control despite Egyptian mediation effort:
- Palestinian report as many as 12 wounded following strike in Gaza's Shati (IDF says building is a Hamas facility)
Hamas says in two hours they will strike Tel Aviv, working to confirm source.
ISRAELI CIVILIAN Casualties reported following a rocket attack in Sderot
Casualties on both sides:
Palestinians: 2 dead (Children) and 14 wounded
Israelis: 3 wounded
Israel rejects any ceasefire. (Hal Turner Note: This seems to be "it." It looks like the fight is on. Big time.)
FYI: Israel is seven (7) hours ahead of east coast US time.
Air Raid/Rocket attack sirens in Zikim, Karmiya ,Netiv Haasara , Yad Mordechai
Interceptions reported after new sirens sound in southern Israel
An emergency cabinet meeting on Gaza has just ended, according to local sources. IDF to commence a "larger operation" imminently!
A Senior Western Diplomat" tells me there is progress in talks on a cease fire in Gaza. Next hour will be critical.
Israel has given an ULTIMATUM to Hamas: Agree to stop all Arson attacks (Balloons and Kites) and all Rocket/Mortar attacks or Israel will not stop air strikes until such things are ceased. If that means all of Gaza must be destroyed, so be it.
Israel Prime Minister says "if Hamas does not understand the message today, it will understand by tomorrow."
- Worst escalation since Operation Protective Edge in 2014
- 90+ rockets fired towards Israel
- IDF has struck 40 'Hamas targets' in Gaza
- 3 Israeli civilians wounded in Sderot
- 2 Palestinians killed, 14 wounded
- Strikes continuing
Sirens in Kissufim.
The major sticking point in the ceasefire talks are the fire kites, balloons and border riots.
Israel says no ceasefire without their cessation.
Hamas refuses to stop them, claiming it is their 'right' to protest 'the occupation of our land' in whatever form they deem necessary.
(Hal Turner Note: In other words "Let us do what we want, whenever we want, however we want, to whomever we want and how dare you try and stop us!" These people are out of their minds and out of touch with reality. It seems to me that the _only_ way to put an end to these troubles is full scale invasion, drive the entire population into Egypt's Sinai and build a wall to keep them out forever. Then Bulldoze the entire Gaza Strip, sell off parcels of land to developers/investors, build hotels, casinos, parks, a boardwalk with rides and piers and beautiful, combed beaches for peaceful Israelis and visitors to enjoy forever, and be done with it all.)
Sirens in Netivot.
Palestinian sources in Gaza: Hamas armed wing decided to push for an escalation after understanding that humanitarian benefits and a long range truce with Israel could only happen after an armed conflict in Gaza
Palestinian media is laying it on thick. They're showing images of buildings hit by Israel next to pictures of 'parks' that supposedly sit right next to ALL of them, filled with 'children at play.' The coverage basically conveys "How could Israel target those buildings then they can clearly see children right next door?" Funny how they don't find anything wrong with shooting their rockets into Israeli kindergartens though.
ISRAEL PUBLICLY NOTIFYING ITS CITIZENS: "Tomorrow around the country, expect to see heavy traffic of security forces, military vehicles and aircraft."
MULTIPLE RED ALERT SIRENS GAZA BORDER REGION -- incoming large missile barrage ! ! !
Unconfirmed reports that the Egyptian mediated ceasefire plan has faltered.
Residents of Gaza say they are very worried there will be a new war, families are apparently rushing out to buy supplies fearing the worst. Families in southern #Israel are also fearful that this escalation will only get worse. Hoping all are safe tonight.
Palestinian media reports the launch of 30 molotov balloons towards Israel.
WIDESPREAD RUMORS: CEASE-FIRE BEGAN 11:15 PM ISRAEL TIME. QUIET FOR LESS THAN TWO HOURS, THEN ATTACKS FROM GAZA BEGAN ANEW.
UPDATE 5:55 PM EDT --
Many more rocket and mortar launches from Gaza into Israel.
IDF responding with air strikes, artillery and tank fire.
(HAL TURNER NOTE: On June 5, 1967, in an overheated political atmosphere, weeks after Egypt blockaded the Straits of Tiran and cut off Israeli shipping, Israel launched an attack against Egypt, beginning the Six-Day War. It rapidly defeated the surrounding Arab states and took control of, among other areas, the Gaza Strip. Most of the people living there today wee not even ALIVE when that land was conquered, yet they still claim the land is "theirs." Foolish perception, but no excuse for launching "Molotv Balloons into Israel to set fire to whatever they hit. No excuse for firing rockets and mortars into Israel. These people are bringing Israeli military reprisals UPON THEMSELVES.)
Local source says that Israeli warplanes are conducting a new wave of airstrikes on Gaza on this moment
IDF strike reported in Khan Younis. Gaza
Israel is reportedly conducting bombing runs on al-Tuffah inside Gaza City.
IAF strikes just occurred moments ago against a Qassam site in Gaza City
Members of military factions inside of Gaza are reportedly trying to fire at drones and aircraft inside of the Gaza Strip
The IDF have now announced the largest mobilization since "Protective Edge" in 2014. Also the largest prepping of military aircraft since that time is now underway.
This is now the biggest Israeli military operation since Cast Lead and Protective Edge operations. Also, the Palestinians have fired more projectiles in daylight hours than in any time in the last 4 years too.
173 mortars/rockets fired in to Israel today
Things quieted down significantly overnight. The number of rockets and Molotov kites launched from Gaza dropped dramatically.
Netanyahu: We didn't agree to ceasefire without halt of incendiary balloons
Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects reports ceasefire agreement between Israel and the Gaza terror factions includes only gradual reduction of incendiary balloons, while Defense Minister Lieberman adds: The IDF will not accept kites or rockets.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Sunday that Israel did not agree for a ceasefire that does not also include a complete and immediate halt to incendiary balloons and kites.
Sources in the Gaza Strip said a ceasefire agreement with Hamas and Islamic Jihad only includes a gradual reduction of the incendiary balloons being flown from the strip into Israel, where they cause fires that wreak havoc on thousands of acres of farmland and woodland.
"I heard they're saying we agreed to a ceasefire that would allow the continuation of the incendiary kite and balloon terrorism. That is not true," Netanyahu said at the beginning of the Cabinet meeting. "We are not willing to accept any attacks against us, and we will respond accordingly."
At about 6:23 AM EDT on Sunday, there are Palestinian reports of at least one casualty after an Israeli drone fired towards group of Molotov kite-launchers near Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza.
The Israel Air Force attacked Hamas militants in Gaza on Sunday who the Israeli army said were launching incendiary balloons
Israel is 7 hours ahead of U.S. east coast time, so as the sun rises here in New York City where this web site originates, it has set on Israel. Whether additional attacks take place or not as the sun goes down over there, the events of Saturday are herewith wrapped-up in this article. Any new attacks or other escalations will be covered in a new story. --- END LIVE UPDATES.